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Whole milk or skimmed milk - which is better?
vonCatEbeling, Co-author of the bestsellers:The fat-burning kitchen & The Top 101 Foods Against Aging & The Diabetes Solution
Another new milk substitute seems to be on the grocery shelves every week. My local health food store now has the following alternatives to cow's milk, among others: hemp milk, soy milk, coconut milk, flax milk, almond milk, cashew milk, macadamia milk, oat milk, pea milk, rice milk and even sunflower milk. That's madness! As we've pointed out before, many of these alternative dairy products contain added sugars, flavorings, thickeners, and processed vegetable oils - with little actual nutritional value.
While some of us cannot tolerate regular milk due to a casein or lactose intolerance, there are still good reasons why cow's milk is the healthiest. But is skimmed milk or whole milk healthier?
Given the current keto trend, iI am always shocked and a little surprised when apparently well-informed people insist on consuming only low-fat or skimmed dairy products. I thought this 'anti-fat' trend was over, but for many people, fat is still a culprit and milk fat in the form of whole dairy products is still considered bad for health. Actually the opposite is true.
In some countries, full-fat dairy products are still frowned upon. In others, however, you are at the top of the popularity list. The French eat a lot of whole milk, real butter, and cheese and actually seem to have less obesity and chronic diseases, as do the Swiss, who eat tons of full-fat cheese and dairy products. People in Eastern Europe routinely live to the ripe old age of 100 and consume full-fat dairy products and kefir for most of their lives. In addition, there are the Maasi and Samburu in Africa, who have a very high-fat diet, but are tall, slim and very healthy and have hardly any diseases.
Remember, however, that these people do NOT eat inflammatory foods like sugar, corn syrup, processed foods with preservatives, or refined grains like the ones we consume in Germany, the United States, and other parts of the world. These types of foods go a long way in increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases.
Milk fat has been shown to protect heart health and prevent weight gain. There are many new studies on milk fat. A meta-analysis (i.e. an analysis of 16 different studies) found that whole milk fat is not directly associated with chronic diseases. People who ate the highest fat dairy products had the lowest overall risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
A fatty acid found in milk fat called transpalmitoleic acid has been linked to healthier cholesterol levels, lower inflammation markers, healthier insulin levels, and higher insulin sensitivity. In one study, people with the highest levels of transpalmitoleic acid had one 60% less chance of developing diabetes.
Other studies show that people who ate the highest fat dairy products had a 69% lower risk of dying from a heart attack than people who ate low-fat dairy products. And women who ate two or more servings of low-fat dairy products per week, including skimmed milk and low-fat yogurt, had higher rates of infertility than those who did not consume low-fat dairy products.
What makes milk fat so healthy?
Milk fat contains butyrate, phytanic acid, trans-palmitoleic acid and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as well as the supervitamin K2 and omega-3 fatty acids. When we talk about nutrients in milk fat, we are mostly talking about organic dairy products, which contain the highest amounts of healthy fats and nutrients.
Cows need real grass and greens in their diet to produce these healthy fats and nutrients, so it is important to rely on pasture sources. By consuming organic dairy products, you not only get significantly more omega 3 and CLA, but also more vitamins K, D and A and fewer toxins than with conventional grain feeding.
Butyric acid, which is also found in butter, reduces inflammation and improves colon health, helps prevent colon cancer, and improves symptoms in Crohn's disease, IBS, celiac disease, and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
Butyric acid is a excellent anti-inflammatory agentthat promotes the beneficial intestinal bacteria, suppresses the growth of harmful bacteria and prevents the loss of electrolytes in diarrheal diseases. In fact, butyrate's anti-inflammatory effects are so effective that a dose of just four grams per day for eight weeks resulted in complete remission in a group of Crohn's disease patients.
Butyric acid is also effective in fighting obesity and insulin resistance, and can promote the release of leptin, an appetite suppressing hormone.
Another fatty acid found in dairy products is phytanic acid, which reduces triglycerides, improves insulin sensitivity and stabilizes blood sugar. Another study of 2,600 people showed that trans-palmitoleic acid, another healthy fat found in dairy products, helps lower triglycerides, lower insulin levels, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of diabetes.
Another high profile fat in organic dairy products is conjugated linoleic acid or CLA, which reduces the risk of heart disease, helps the body burn fat more effectively, aids in weight loss, and lowers the risk of cancer and diabetes.
CLA is best known for its ability to burn fat in the body. Several human studies show that doses of 3-4 grams per day promote building muscle mass while burning fat.
Human studies also show that CLA can increase your feeling of satiety after eating, making it the perfect addition to a fat-burning diet.
The anti-inflammatory functions of conjugated linoleic acid affect almost every system in the body. Studies show that CLA plays a role in regulating the body's inflammatory and immune responses, as well as promoting liver detoxification.
Conjugated linoleic acids strengthen the immune system and help that Build resistance to infection, inflammatory diseases, and other immune system disorders such as autoimmune diseases and allergies.
Another advantage of CLA and vitamin K2 is their bone strengthening and protective effect. CLA prevents the loss of bone density. If you eat dairy products because they want to protect your bones, be sure that you are eating full-fat, organic dairy products.
Milk fat from pasture cows also contains large amounts of the vitamin K2. While vitamin K1 can be found in leafy vegetables, vitamin K2 is found in organic dairy products. Vitamin K2 helps protect blood vessels by preventing calcium from building up in the vessels. Vitamin K2 instructs the body to send calcium to the bones and teeth where it is needed most. Vitamin K2 actually reduces hardening of the arteries, helps prevent arthritis, and is necessary for strengthening bones.
Another benefit of vitamin K2 comes from Dr. Westin Price, who found that K2 helps the body absorb and use vitamin D because these two nutrients work together effectively.
And finally, organic whole milk contains one Super fat you've probably heard of - omega-3 fatty acids. We all know by now how beneficial omega-3s are for heart, brain, anti-inflammatory, and fat burning benefits (among many other benefits). Pasture milk is a healthy source of omega-3 fat - and contains far more of it than conventional dairy products.
Do you only get these benefits from organic whole dairy products?
Many of the above nutrients are mainly found in organic whole dairy products. While dairy products made from grain-fed animals can contain some of these benefits, organic products made from grazing animals contain many more.
Conventionally bred dairy cows are often poorly kept and receive growth hormones, which contribute to constant milk production, antibiotics and regularly suffer from udder infections. In addition, the cows are fed grain that is most likely mixed with the carcinogenic pesticide glyphosate, as well as other harmful chemicals that show up in the cows' milk and also in the products they eat.
If you eat or drink dairy products because of the nutrients and do not have a milk allergy or lactose intolerance, make sure that it is full-fat dairy products from grazing animals. Full-fat milk is healthier in every way, tastes richer, sweeter and is much more filling. Also try raw, unpasteurized milk or cheese, which contain the MOST nutrients of all!
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